Trump says Rosenstein assured him he is not a Mueller target

President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE on Thursday dismissed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into his former associates and his presidential campaign in a New York Times interview in which the president said Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE told him the probe does not view him as a target.

In the interview, Trump says Rosenstein has made clear to him that he is "not a subject" of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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“He told the attorneys that I’m not a subject, I’m not a target,” Trump said.

“Rod told me I’m not a target of the investigation,” the president added, while suggesting he had not spoken with Rosenstein directly. “The lawyers ask him. They say, ‘He’s not a target of the investigation.’ ”

Trump has often derided the special counsel probe, calling it a "witch hunt" and a "hoax," frequently adding that there was "no collusion" between Russia and his presidential campaign.

In the interview, Trump also maintained that he had nothing to do with an effort to have Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Has Trump beaten the system? Trump is on the ballot whether his name is there or not MORE contact WikiLeaks on the Trump campaign's behalf, as alleged in court filings. Stone allegedly attempted to learn about troves of damaging emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE's campaign before they were released publicly.

“No, I didn’t. I never did,” Trump responded, when asked if he directed Stone to talk to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “Never did."

Stone, who was arrested last week and charged with multiple counts including witness tampering, has maintained his innocence and has entered a not guilty plea.